The warm, sunshine-filled days of summer provide the perfect growing conditions for a wide variety of perennial and annual plants. Flowers that tolerate sun thrive when planted in areas that offer full sun exposure for at least six to 12 hours of the day. Gardeners who are seeking to fill sunny spots in their yards or gardens will have little trouble finding a large selection of attractive, sun-loving flowers to do the job.
The perennial daylilly thrives in areas that provide at least six hours of direct sunlight each day. Vigorous, hardy and highly adaptable, the daylilly performs best in well-drained, slightly acidic soil and will fill your garden with flowers during the heat of the summer months. According to the University of Minnesota, an established daylilly clump will produce 200 to 400 blossoms per growing season. Blooms range in colors from white to soft yellows, purples, bright oranges and reds.
Plant your petunias in sunny areas where flowers will receive at least six hours of full sun each day. The University of Minnesota says that the petunia performs best and produces more flowers when located in full sunlight for most of the day. The petunia is an annual that will fill your garden with flowers from spring until the first frost. Petunias come in a multitude of colors and flowers range in sizes from the large 3- to 4-inch blossoms found on the grandiflora to the small, delicate 1-inch bloom on the milliflora.
Available in shades of yellow, gold, orange and mahogany, the marigold adds a splash of long-lasting color to your backyard or flower beds during the hot summer months. The hardy, easy-to-grow marigold will tolerate excessive heat and many hours of full sun exposure. Marigolds thrive in moist, well-drained soil and rebloom when spent blossoms are regularly removed. African marigolds are the tallest variety and produce large pompon-looking flowers. French marigolds are smaller, only reaching heights of 6 to 12 inches, and have petite, delicate blooms.
The colorful annual zinnia thrives in the hot, dry weather of the summer months. Zinnias adapt well to most growing conditions but they must be planted in well-drained soil and in areas with at least six hours of full sun each day. The zinnia is a prolific bloomer and the brightly colored flowers attract beautiful butterflies to your garden during the summer. There are dozens of species of zinnia and they come in a large variety of shapes, sizes and colors that range from whites and yellows to oranges, pinks and reds.
Native to South Africa, the hardy African daisy thrives in the dry, hot, humid conditions of summer. According to the Texas A&M Department of Horticulture, plant your African daisies in places where they will have at least six hours of full sun exposure each day. This hardy annual plant requires fast-draining soil conditions and regular watering. The African daisy produces large 2- to 4-inch blooms that come in white and bright shades of yellows and oranges.